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Many People Do Not Have Their Oral Health Prioritized Properly
Posted on 6/23/2018 by Winning Smile Dental Group
When it comes to healthy living, oral health is one area that is often overlooked. Good oral health prevents tooth decay, gum disease, and bad breath, and it can fight tooth loss as you get older.
However, a healthy mouth can also help with your overall health and wellness, so you need to prioritize oral health appropriately.
Health Complications of Poor Oral Health
There is a strong connection between oral health and overall wellness. Specifically, gum disease is associated with many health complications, including heart disease and stroke. Some researchers believe that systemic diseases also have oral manifestations, including diabetes, kidney disease, and certain cancers.
Pregnancy and Birth
A healthy mouth is also important if you are pregnant. Periodontitis, a type of gum disease, has been connected to low birth weight and premature birth. It is especially important for pregnant women to visit their dentist regularly, as gum disease tends to worsen with pregnancy. Your dentist may wish to see you more regularly throughout your pregnancy to ensure optimal oral health.
Pain and Discomfort
Not only can poor oral health lead to health complications, but it is also connected to facial and oral pain. Often this pain is a result of gum infections. Nearly 75% of the U.S. population has gingivitis, the earliest form of gum disease, and failure to treat it in the early stages can lead to more advanced issues.
Digestive and Gastrointestinal Issues
Proper digestion begins in the mouth. Your teeth chew food to be digested, and chemicals in your saliva help to break down substances. Problems in the mouth can ultimately lead to digestive issues, including irritable bowel syndrome and intestinal failure.
Oral health needs to be prioritized at the same level as your physical health. If it has been a while since your last dental appointment, contact us today to set up your screening.